Guide: Shaving your head - How to shave your head bald

On this page, we have collected our best advice for a perfect head shave. You get both a step-by-step guide and lots of tips on how best to remove all hair on your head and shave yourself bald.
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First: Choice of razor

When it comes to head shaving, you can use several different types of razors.

Straight Razor/Shavette?
Most professional barbers use a straight razor with replaceable blades (a Shavette) in their barbershops. However, using a straight razor or Shavette requires very good technique and a calm hand - and especially on the scalp it can pose challenges. Therefore, we generally do not recommend straight razors for head shaving.

Electric Razor?
We are often asked if it is a good idea to use a electric razor for head shaving - The answer to that is simply: No! Never use an electric shaver to shave the head. Use a razor! A electric razor is typically very hard on the skin - and if you look at hair that has been shaved by a electric razor under a microscope, it is often frayed where it is "cut". This increases the chances of ingrown hairs and irritation.
Multi-blade razor?
For most people, the easiest solution for head shaving is a multi-blade razor. The multi-blade razors typically have a flexible head, which means that the blade can easily follow the contours of the scalp - and since the scalp is firm and often with small irregularities, a razor with flex reduces the risk of cutting yourself. A multi-blade razor with 3-6 blades is therefore a good choice of tool for head shaving.

"Oh no! - Then I have to buy the insanely expensive neon colored multi-blade razors in the supermarket", you might think - But don't worry: there are REALLY GOOD alternatives to the overpriced multi-blade razors from the big manufacturer we all know. The Spanish manufacturer LEA, for example, has a fantastically good razor with a flexible head and 6 blades. In addition to providing a good and close shave, new blades are available at a reasonable price.
A good multi-blade razor for head shaving
Safety Razor?
Can you use a safety razor to shave your head?
Yes, you definitely can. Many of our customers are actually doing that - and with great success. That said, it takes a little more getting used to and technique, as the head of a safety razor has no flex and is therefore not quite as forgiving as a multi-blade razor. It is important that you let the weight of the razor do the work, so that you simply drag the razor across the scalp and do not apply pressure. The first few times it is important to take it easy and get to know your scalp; notice whether there are small irregularities or birthmarks that you need to pay particular attention to. Find the right angle on the safety razor and start shaving quietly.

Feel free to choose a safety razor that has a good general and medium aggressiveness, such as a MÜHLE R 89. And otherwise we would certainly recommend you look towards the razors from Canadian Henson Shaving, which are extra mild and some of our favorites for head shaving.

Would you like to be able to adjust the aggressiveness of the razor yourself?
If you would like to be able to control the aggressiveness of the razor yourself, you can purchase an adjustable safety razor and set it to the mildest setting for a start and then adjust it to the setting that best suits you and your scalp.

Merkur's Futur shavers have a slightly longer handle than a typical safety razor, making it a popular choice for an adjustable safety razor for head shaving.

Remember sharp razor blades
In the same way, it is important to find the leaf that suits you and your skin best. This may require you to experiment with different leaves. If you ask 10 different users, you will most likely get 8 different answers. There is a big difference between skin, hair growth and sensitivity - and what is the perfect combination for one user is not necessarily the same for you. We have worked for a long time to produce our own razor blade and after a sea of tests and experimenting, we have finally produced a razor blade that is exactly what we think a razor blade should be - we have chosen to call the blade Proshave Platinum.
Single Edge Razor?
American Leaf Shave is behind The Leaf Razor. The Leaf Razor has a flexible razor head, so you don't have to relearn how to shave, as it resembles the multi-blade razor you might be used to. Instead of the very expensive razor blades that are normally used in multi-blade shavers, this version is made for replaceable half blades that cost very little  per pieces. It is thus extremely cheap to use and you can replace the blades when needed with a clear conscience.

The flexible razor head follows the contours of the scalp, so you get a close and comfortable shave of the head without irritation.

The Leaf Razor can be used with either 1, 2 or 3 blades inserted, depending on preference and skin type. You get the gentlest shave by placing only 1 razor blade in the top position. By adding a razor blade in the middle, you get a moderately close shave. Insert all 3 blades for the closest shave. For sensitive skin or a sensitive area, you can thus settle for 1 or 2 leaves.
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Here's how you do it! Step by step...

When it comes to shaving the head, it is easiest if the hairs are trimmed all the way down with a trimmer first. We would therefore always recommend that you use a trimmer as the first step against a bald head. The shorter you trim the hair, the easier the subsequent shave will be.

Just like when you shave your face, it's a good idea to soften the skin with warm water - or even better: a warm shower. This opens the pores, softens the skin and minimizes friction and the risk of irritation. If you've just trimmed, a bath will also remove excess hair so it doesn't get caught in the razor during the actual shave.

While you are standing in the shower, you can use a mild face scrub on your head. This removes all dead skin cells and prevents clogged pores and ingrown hairs. Take it easy and don't scrub hard to avoid unnecessary irritation.

You can advantageously use a Preshave before your shave. A Preshave gives your razor a much better glide over the head and creates a protective barrier between the blade and the skin.

Whether you choose to use a shaving foam from a 'can' or make your own shaving foam from a shaving cream or shaving soap is a matter of taste. The most important thing is that you use a good product that ensures the razor glides well.

First, splash a bit of lukewarm water on top of your press garden and then apply your favorite shaving foam.

We have very good experiences with Proraso's red shaving cream for head shaving. The shaving cream is fat, creamy and delicious and provides very good protection during shaving. You can of course use it with a shaving brush, but you can also easily squeeze a dollop of shaving cream into the palms of your hands and lather the cream directly onto the wet scalp (Note: It is important that you have splashed lukewarm water on the scalp first before applying the shaving cream).
Take your time when shaving your head. Start with one area and make sure you're done here before moving on to the next area. By going slowly and not 'jumping around' everywhere, you achieve a much more comfortable shave, as you avoid shaving the same place too many (unnecessary) times.

Regarding the order, we recommend that you start with the hair on the top, then the sides and finally shave the back of the head. The hair on the sides and back of the head is typically thicker than the soft hair on top - and by waiting with the sides and back of the head, the hairs can be softened extra long under the shaving foam. The top of the head is managed by most people by running from ear to ear.

It may be a good idea to get a hand mirror so that you can more easily visualize the back of your head along the way. Especially in the beginning, it is very important that you shave with the grain of the hair (i.e. forward of the head), just as you do when you shave the beard.

It prevents painful, ingrown hairs. Gently pull the skin taut to avoid unnecessary grooves and obstructions (Pay special attention to the neck).

Rinse the blade in warm water after each stroke over the skin so that it is always clean, as it gives the absolute best result.

Regardless of how often you shave, it is important to avoid a dull razor blade, as it pulls on the skin and causes irritation to the scalp.

Rinse off excess product and stubble with lukewarm water and finish with cold water to close pores. Gently pat dry with a CLEAN towel.
Of course, you must not forget to apply an aftershave balm as the final element of your head shave. An aftershave balm moisturises, cares for and soothes the skin. Always use an alcohol-free aftershave balm on the scalp!

At Proshave, we alternate between the following products when we shave our heads at regular intervals. Both products add moisture and soothe the skin.

One is Proraso's aftershave balm

And the other is GFT's Skin Food

For the days when you want to add a little extra moisture and care to the scalp (when your aftershave product has been absorbed), you should try this cream from Better Be Bold.
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